The State Government of Karnataka has launched a scheme on March 8, 2016 to provide free treatment to road accident victims for the first 48 hours in the nearest state government run or private hospital. The scheme, which is to be called ‘Mukhyamantri Santwana Harish Yojana,’ was launched by the Chief Minister of Karnataka Siddaramaiah at a function in Bengaluru on March 8, 2016. The scheme has been named after Harish Nanjappa. Harish donated his eyes moments before his death even as he lay severely injured seeking help after a mishap in February 2016.Also Read - Six Jharkhand Tribal Students to Study Abroad Under Marang Gomke Jaipal Singh Munda Scholarship Scheme

Under the scheme, immediate medical relief would be provided to the victim during the Golden Hour with financial aid up to Rs 25,000 during the first 48 hours of treatment. The scheme would also cover foreign nationals who meet with accident in Karnataka besides all Indian citizens.
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The main features of the scheme are as following- Also Read - Students of This University Have Received Over 8500 Job Offers From 1400 Recruiters, Highest Salary Package at Rs 42 Lakh

  • All road accident victims in Karnataka will receive free medical care in initial 48 hours after the accident.
  • The Government will provide assistance up to Rs. 25,000 in the first 48 hours of treatment.
  • The scheme is applicable on all Government and Private hospitals.
  • The scheme would cover all Indian and even foreign citizens who meet with accident in Karnataka.
  • A software covering hospital registration, patient registration, claims submission and packages would be installed for implementation of the scheme.
  • Emergency toll free help-lines will also be set up for immediate assistance of the victims.
  • Rs. 10 Crore has been sanctioned for the scheme and the state Government will set apart another Rs. 75 crore for the scheme in the annual budget.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who launched the scheme, said whenever accident happens, people should show at least basic sense of humaneness of calling ambulance, informing police and comforting the affected person. He said in many accident cases, it was the poor and middle class who suffer and it was therefore incumbent on the government to come to their help.

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